The AR-15 Chainsaw Bayonet Is a Real Thing, and It’s Hilariously Awesome

The new model features a battery pack that can be attached to a gun’s stock (Photo: Panacea X)

Remember last year when the pro-gun Twitterverse took down USA Today for including a “chainsaw bayonet” in its list of possible AR-15 modifications? The online magazine’s stellar reporting spawned a raft of excellent parodies, memes, and even some stylish apparel. Everyone had a good laugh and moved on, though some GunsAmerica commenters voiced their appreciation for USA Today’s creativity.

It turns out the chainsaw bayonet is a real product, and it’s currently available in its second iteration for the low, low price of $800. The “Killsaw” is being manufactured by a Nevada company called Panacea X, and the 20V, 10-inch saw is ready and waiting to be mounted to the picatinny rail of your zombie survival rifle.

The Killsaw is the new-and-improve version of the original battery-powered Zombie X Chainsaw Bayonet. It features a battery pack that can be mounted to the stock of an AR-15, which will last users “about 20 minutes of serious sawing,” according to the product’s inventor, Robert Weir.

An even newer version will be available in September 2018, and it will allow users to attach the battery either to a rifle’s stock or to the saw for use as a standalone tool. The forthcoming version will also reduce the cost down to $350, Weir told GunsAmerica.

The battery pack also acts as a counterweight to the chainsaw.

Weir first conceived of the idea as nothing more than a promotional gag designed to attract people to his booth at the 2012 SHOT Show.

“I had intended the Zombie X Chainsaw Bayonet was just to be promotional [sic], an item for the show, just to attract attention to our booth,” he says on his company’s website. “But after the second day, we could see from the smiles and the glee on people’s faces that if we did not manufacture them, someone else was going to.”

Weir used the opportunity to found Panacea X, a survival gear company that produces machetes and knives along with their “weaponized chainsaws.”

Weir models his product.

It isn’t immediately clear whether Weir intends the Killsaw for serious applications. His list of “Best Uses for the Zombie X Chainsaw Bayonet,” for example, includes both serious and comical suggestions:

  • “Killing” Zombies. ( Zombies are already dead so…?)
  • Best display! Mount a ZXCS on your tricked out assault rifle and have a guaranteed crowd pleaser/ attention getter. It is great for trade shows, gun store displays, gun room display, or even over the fireplace mantle at the cabin!
  • Drug Enforcement Agents can use it for marijuana eradication; and always be armed while cutting down the plants.
  • Marijuana growers can use it to harvest their crop and always be armed while cutting down their plants.
  • Off road motorcyclists, mountain bikers and hikers can keep the ZXCS in their hydrator pack and remove downed trees and branches that often fall across the trail.
  • Emergency evacuation. Cut through the roof if trapped in attic during a flood. Cut through wood doors and walls to make an escape too.
  • Clear your kill zone of pesky branches in front of your tree stand or blind.
  • Camping, cut firewood around deer camp while the ZXCS is attached to your rifle.
  • Be a B.A.M.F. at the next three gun match/Zombie shoot! Your character will always be remembered.
  • Mount the ZXCS to the peg board of your electric guitar and jam some serious metal!

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Weir’s website indicates that while he believes the Killsaw is well-made, he doesn’t take his product too seriously.

Panacea X promises to produce “only the highest quality, durable, functional and well tested products.” They guarantee their products for life and describe the chainsaw as “high-quality and well-made.”

But Weir clarifies elsewhere that he’s under no delusions about the practical applications of his chainsaw bayonet.

“My Chainsaw Bayonets seem to be an extremely horrid and terrible weapon. Yet when people see it, they react with humor and smile and laugh, as I had intended it!” he says on Panacea X’s About page. “A Chainsaw bayonet is so over the top and absurd, that it is humorous! That is my intention for this device to bring in humor, and fantasy to people, it is intended to be just for fun.”

About the author: Jordan Michaels has been reviewing firearm-related products for over six years and enjoying them for much longer. With family in Canada, he’s seen first hand how quickly the right to self-defense can be stripped from law-abiding citizens. He escaped that statist paradise at a young age, married a sixth-generation Texan, and currently lives in Tyler. Got a hot tip? Send him an email at

{ 26 comments… add one }
  • Jon R April 19, 2020, 6:42 am

    Shut up and take my money already!!

    • Timothy May 15, 2020, 2:12 am

      Why wouldnt you make the but stock the battery not mount a huge battery. Like hide the batteries in a slightly larger but stock insted of having a huge limp on a small stock. Lol

  • Mr. Shifter June 30, 2018, 1:53 pm

    I’ll just save some money and just duct tape my Snow Joe pole chainsaw to my AR-15….will fit an AK too! Ahhhh shucks…..I’ll have to have a long extension cord, forgot it’s electric….what a useless piece of shit accessory, a freaking chainsaw on an AR…..hahahahahahaha…..

  • Buford T. Justice June 29, 2018, 10:54 pm

    Get ready for Shark-nado 6!!

  • ejharb June 29, 2018, 10:38 pm

    Wait till they bring out the cold fusion battery.then you can quisenart a whole herd of the walking dead.attach it to “lucille”and you got product placement of the first order!

  • LVis10-8 June 29, 2018, 3:00 pm

    GEARS BABY !!!!!!!$$$$$$$

  • Tommy Barrios June 29, 2018, 2:25 pm

    While serious, this is just TOO damn FUNNY!

  • Mike June 29, 2018, 11:44 am

    You gotta know nut jobs like all the anti gunners in this country are going to use this to further their lies and propaganda. I would bet somebody a hundred bucks that those idiots pay people to scour the gun sights on the internet to. Use as propaganda for those lies. I think that is why blue dog was trying to get across with his/her comment. The guy that told the writer to go eat d–k. Shame on you. You support 2nd amendment rights to the death then name call when somebody exercises their 1st amendment r ights. I say you are either a government shill or just a are the worlds worst and meanest person. You neither deserve any of the right the constitution provides for its citizens of this great country.

    • Darryl June 29, 2018, 1:02 pm

      wow on the one hand you cut down the guy for saying what he wants then turn around and say others have that right but he doesn’t. you’re the one who needs to wake up because it doesn’t matter what a pro-gun person says of does the anti-gun people are still going to come after your guns. how times must you read and be told by anti-gun people that their end game is to take away our guns no matter what.

  • DBC June 29, 2018, 11:17 am

    It’s funny, I get that it’s a goof, I also get that the optics are that gun owners are a danger!
    Why give the opposition ammunition?

    • Oaf June 29, 2018, 1:10 pm

      Wut? “It’s a goof”? WTF is that supposed to mean? “Optics are that gun owners are a danger”? Also, WTF is that supposed to mean?

  • richard dondero sr June 29, 2018, 8:50 am

    we complain but we do nothing they still infringe on our rights soon we won’t have any

  • Frank June 29, 2018, 7:15 am

    California legal?

  • White dog June 29, 2018, 6:35 am

    Blue dog, eat a d/#k. It is mamby pamby people like yourself, that constantly stifle America. You hoping that this device makes the assault weapon ban list is insane. There should be no list, no ban. It is hybrid people like you that are chipping away at the republic’s strength. You say you are pro gun yet say there should be restrictions due to names of weapons. I say hybrid cause you are not stead fast. Be pro gun! We don’t need gun control, we need citizens that stand up and fight against people that commit these horrific shootings. They should not stand trial, they shouldn’t make it out alive. There is no reason for gun bans, restrictions , Comifornia’s silly stock and trigger and bullet buttons, And gun control is really working for them…right!!!. With more good citizens with guns out there, that gives us the edge to combat these acts of violence. We must stay vigilant.

    • J June 30, 2018, 12:33 am

      I support your statement, and furthermore, the 2nd amendment doesn’t simply say ‘the right to keep and bear GUNS’ – it’s ‘the right to keep and bear ARMS’ – a free people should be allowed to defend themselves any way they can.

  • Joe June 29, 2018, 4:48 am

    Does it come with pictures of Bald Eagles inscribed on the blade ??

  • Dr Motown June 28, 2018, 9:33 am

    Great! More heavy crap to clamp on to my “lightweight” AR 🙂

  • Bobs your uncle June 26, 2018, 5:21 pm

    I don’t always want to shoot and hack people up, but when I do, I use the chainsaw bayonet. Stay thirsty my friend.

  • Blue Dog June 26, 2018, 2:17 pm

    So do we as a community owe a collective apology to USA Today, since they were right after all?

    AR-15s are already tacky and they are already being used as leverage to get rid of better firearms. Does this accessory help us, as a community? Or will it hurt us more than it helps us, and all we get out of it is making some redneck think his gun is even more like Duke Nuke ‘Em?

    And to top it off, he calls it the Killsaw. Tacky, pointless and in poor taste. BUT ‘MER’CA! I hope these get added into every Assault Weapons Ban list made from now until the end of time.

    • Mike V June 26, 2018, 9:04 pm

      The only thing we owe USA Today is a kick in the nuts, on principle.

      As to ARs being used for leverage to get rid of better weapons, what do you consider as better weapons?

      • shrugger June 29, 2018, 3:12 am

        The AK is separate but equal. The only thing that might be better is possibly the SCAR.

        • Ferrous May 14, 2020, 10:15 am

          You’re lost and play too much CoD. The really real life SCAR is trash. Pro tip: the Stoner platform is the best fielded combat rifle to date. Bar none.

      • Sad face June 29, 2018, 5:27 am

        Probably his great granpappy’s Marlin 1894. It was good enough for great granpappy, it is good enough for him. No need for nuthin’ new.

    • Richard G. Combs June 29, 2018, 4:00 am

      Is it just a coincidence that all the gun owners who don’t really support the Second Amendment are also humorless prigs?

    • Al June 29, 2018, 9:03 am

      The fact that you wish to cater to those people’s feelings as opposed to the principles of freedom is my concern.
      If only half of all gun owners feel as you do, we’re doomed.
      Get your head out of where the sun don’t shine, no matter what you do, no matter how you try to assuage them, they want your guns.
      Silly boy.

    • Tommy Barrios June 29, 2018, 2:35 pm

      Where you born a DUMBAZZ or did you just get up that way this AM!

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